Although the laws governing adoption vary from state to state, there are some basic rights of biological parents:

  • The right to participate in the adoption planning and interview perspective adopting families
  • The right to receive limited financial support for pregnancy and birthing medical expenses
  • The right to select the adopting family
  • The right to receive counseling during and after the adoption process

Paternity Rights

If the biological father of a child wants custody of the baby, and the mother wants to put the child up for adoption, the father may initiate a paternity proceeding. Under such a proceeding, the father may be given custody of the child if he can establish that he is the natural father, and that he can care for the child.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

If you have an adoption or family issue a family lawyer can advise you on the law in your area and help solve your problem.